A new project is in the works for Javian Jones in the new year.
The leader of L.U.N.A.R. (Letting Unity Navigate Against Regression), who goes by Huey Dash in the studio and onstage, isn’t just putting on a show when his band performs Saturday (1/11) at Gabe’s in Iowa City.
Jones, who also has booked Dueaux, Pooh H., Ahzia, Lil B DA D and Maavy for the concert, is hoping to produce quite a few Iowa City events.
“I’m optimistic that this show is the jump start for us,” Jones said by phone from his Des Moines office. “We’re trying to introduce ourselves to the Iowa City music scene in a big way. We hope to get more shows going in 2020. There are so many cities with cool music scenes and with all of the talent in and around Iowa City, I believe we can have a really cool music scene in Iowa City. It’s a unique place and it’ll be interesting to see where things can go.”
Jones, 23, has an ambitious plan for Ingenious Society, which is a music management and promotion company.
“I’m young, but I want to make some noise in the entertainment industry by putting on fun shows, and I want to make a positive impact,” Jones said. “I want to add so much to the night life in Iowa City. I know a lot of people are playing video games and wasting time doing whatever my age, but I’m about making some moves (with Ingenious Society) and making music.”
Jones, who grew up in Clinton, and his electronic act L.U.N.A.R., which formed in 2016, is morphing. With 30 songs at its disposal, the group is crafting more tunes. Much of the fresh material includes guitar.
“We’re working on a new album, and we didn’t want to repeat ourselves, and so the guitar sound is taking us in a new direction,” Jones said. “The new songs are more upbeat, but there are also some ballads. Variety is a good thing.”
L.U.N.A.R. members were compelled to leave some of their laptops behind in favor of a more organic sound with the new album.
“We welcome instrumentation,” Jones said. “We’re excited about playing songs that are more real, as opposed to songs that are just digital. We’re growing, and we’re taking some chances.”
It’s not easy to categorize the latest batch of songs, which will be previewed Saturday night.
“Our influences are pretty diverse,” Jones said. “A lot of what impacted the new songs is alternative music. Bands like Blink 182 and Green Day influenced us. But then again, so did Michael Jackson and Prince. We’re all over the place, which is cool since it’s never boring for us.”
When the yet-to-be-named album is released, don’t expect L.U.N.A.R. to stray far from Iowa.
“The plan for us is to stay primarily in this state,” Jones said. “We may play some shows in bordering states, but we want to focus on this area, and I want to work on things with (Ingenious Society) so I can develop a movement.
“I think the perfect place to focus on is in Iowa City. I love this area and have loved it since I was a kid, when I would come in from Clinton for games (at the University of Iowa). The people are so nice in Iowa City. They’re receptive to music and art,” he said.
“A great starting point for us is Gabe’s. The people there are receptive to what we would like to do. They’re open-minded. It’ll be interesting to see where we go from our show there. I’m excited about the possibilities.”
• What: L.U.N.A.R., with Dueaux, Pooh H., Ahzia, Lil B Da d and Mavvy opening
• Where: Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., Iowa City
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• When: 5 p.m. Saturday (1/11)
• Tickets: $10, icgabes.com